Larry Ruppel

Larry Ruppel

Senior Character Animator / Supervisor Head of Character Animation / 14 yrs

New York City, NY

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VFX Character Animator

Along with The Gods (2017)

3D Character Animator

Money Monster (2016)

VFX Animator

Shades of Blue (2016)

VFX Character Animator

The Path (2016)

VFX 3D Character Animator

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

Sequence Supervisor / Lead Character Animator

Skylanders: Giants (2012)

VFX Animator

Elementary (2012)

Head of Character Animation

Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers (2011)


The Buddha (2010)

Traditional Animator

Chicago 10 (2007)

Senior Character Animator

Pearl Quest

Supervising Character Animator

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Character Animator


A native of New York City and a graduate of Pratt Art Institute and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Film Division, Larry Ruppel has had the privilege over the course of his career to collaborate with numerous film, television, and multimedia studios, applying his professional skills in both traditional 2D and 3D / CG techniques to character animation worldwide.

Larry has worked with Disney Feature Animation USA/France, Warner Brothers USA, Jellyfish Pictures London, and with LuxAnimation Studios Benelux,
where he was Head of Character Animation for the CG feature film
BOB & BOBETTE: LES DIABLES DU TEXAS, based on the classic Willy Vandersteen Belgian comic book series.

Lately, he has been associated with The Molecule NYC, where he supervised character animation for the Netflix series UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT,
and with the studios Psyop NYC, Goodbye Kansas Stockholm, and Framestore NYC/London.

Award-winning films Larry has worked on include the CG short SUBA, a SIGGRAPH selected film directed by British illustrator Alastair Graham, and the 2D documentary feature CHICAGO 10, directed by Brett Morgen and showcased at Sundance for an opening night premiere.

In addition, he has been a regular guest lecturer at NYU’s Advanced Animation Program in NYC, and also an invited speaker at the GDC Conference in Lyon, France, and at the International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France.
Work History
  • 2000 - Present

    Independent Animation Professional

    Currently Available for Character/VFX Animation Opportunities Worldwide.
  • March 2019 - April 2019

    Senior Character Animator


    Freelance Character Animation for various short film projects.
  • November 2018 - November 2018

    Lead Character Animator

    The Molecule

  • October 2017 - April 2018

    Character Animator


    Animated legendary gods, dueling wizards, and flying Chinese dragons in 3D for a gargantuan amusement park dark ride in China.
  • June 2017 - September 2017

    Character Animator

    Goodbye Kansas

    Animating courageous mice and dancing llamas.
  • November 2014 - April 2017

    3D Character Animator

    The Molecule

    Creating photo-realistic VFX creature/character animation for feature films and TV series,
    including "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", "A Walk Among the Tombstones", "Happyish",
    "Money Monster", "Elementary", and a Conan O'Brien VR project for ComicCon 2016.
  • November 2016 - November 2016

    Storyboard Artist / Character Animator

    Asteroid Media, Inc.

    Storyboard Artist and Character Animator for the upcoming PBS documentary
    on the subject of Medieval Spain, titled "The Ornament of the World" (2019).
  • 2014 - 2015

    3D Character Animator


    VFX Hero Character Animation for an upcoming epic short film.
  • 2014 - 2014

    3D Character Animator

    The Molecule

    Created photo-realistic VFX character animation for the
    current feature film "A Walk Among The Tombstones" (2014).
  • November 2012 - November 2013

    Supervisor / Lead Character Animator

    Activision / Panda Panther

    Lead Supervising Character Animator for cinematic cut scenes
    on Skylanders: Giants VG.
  • November 2011 - November 2011

    Character Animator

    Blue Man Group

    Character Animator for robots in live theatrical Blue Man stage performance
    opening in Las Vegas - Fall 2012.
  • 2010 - 2011

    Character Animator


    Character Animator and Previz for AT&T "Whole New World"
    3D stereoscopic spot.
    Character Animator for UPS, Fanta, and numerous commercials.
  • September 2007 - November 2009

    Lead Supervisor / Head of Feature Animation


    Assembled and hired the Animation Team /
    Supervised all Character Animation for the CG Feature Film entitled
    "Bob and Bobette: Les Diables du Texas" (French)
    "Suske en Wiske: De Texas Rakkers" (Flemish)
    "Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers" (English),
    released in cinemas throughout Europe 2009 - 2011.
  • June 2009 - June 2009

    Conference Speaker

    Annecy Animation Festival (France)

    Participated in the Animated Features:Case Studies conference as Head of Animation
    for "Bob & Bobette: The Texas Rangers".
  • December 2007 - December 2007


    Lyon GDC

    Lectured on using Traditional Animation Principles in CG Character Animation
  • 2007 - 2007

    Character Animator

    Mechanism Digital

    CG Character Animator for Spiderman 3 Campaign.
  • October 2005 - 2007

    CG Supervising Animator

    Jellyfish Pictures (London)

    Supervising animator for "SUBA", a musical CG short film.
    "SUBA" showed with "X-Men 3" at the Odeon Cinema
    in London, was showcased at SIGGRAPH 2006,
    and has won First Prize for Animation at the IMAF Festival
    in London.
  • 2005 - 2007

    Character Animator / Designer

    Asterisk Animation

    Traditional Character Animator on numerous projects,
    most notably the documentary feature film "Chicago 10".
  • November 2004 - November 2006

    Character Animator

    Jellyfish Pictures